Anatomy of Fish: The Otolith

with Mandy den Elzen

18 Dec 2020

After the death of a fish, the fish head still has various applications. In some cultures the fish head has ritual uses, in others, medicinal and gastronomical uses. In this workshop, we will look at it from another perspective: the beauty of it. Reveal the aesthetic side of an organ that is normally known for its function.

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Rinsing the otoliths that were just found inside the head of the Cod - Anne Lakeman

What will you do

During this workshop we will discover the otolith in a fish’s head. The otolith is located in the inner ear of the fish, but also of humans. Otoliths play a role in the mechanical perception of sound, acceleration and gravity. Just like with trees, an otolith has annual growth rings, from which the age of the fish can be calculated. We will work with a scalpel, magnifying glass and other preservation instruments. After cleaning the otolith, we will transform it into a real artwork that you can bring home. 

Mandy den Elzen

Artist Mandy den Elzen has worked around the themes of the relationship between humans and animals, the way animals are used by people, and the way animals are represented in our culture. With her fascination around these themes Mandy den Elzen brings to light aesthetic side of natural wonders. Based on scientific references, she chooses organs that look most interesting to her. She has mainly worked on exploring the digestive system of a cow and the respiratory system of fish.


Full price €55 | Discount price € 38,50
We give a discount to students, stadspas and artists. If this applies to you we might ask to see your kvk nr/portfolio or student card for this option.


Attendance limited to 8 people. We maintain a minimum of 5 participants.
Please note that (unless everyone speaks Dutch) this workshop will be in English.
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